Single buckle monk shoes

This pair is made with box calf and kip lining, Hand welted and whip stitched heel seat.

Holy cow, Shoe Leather

Every experienced artisan craft person knows the importance of his or her medium role  in the finish product and for us shoemakers the medium is leather, (The skin of  animals), Cattle  skins specially calf  skins, the favorite of shoemakers, but not any calf, The process of tanning well (turning raw skins into leather)  is  very old and skill work, Knowledge accumulated by long history of doing and that’s why not all leather created equal, On the other hand, To make the ideal/perfect shoe, one needs well tanned leather, The one that has retained it’s nature after the tanning is done, Bad chrome tanning will kill the nature of the skins, To me the fibers of  leather are like living being.

The leather you see below is prime example of well tanned calf leather for city wear, produced from alpine grazed cattle which are treated like a member of the family. The black box calf is from WEIHEIMER  LEDER tannery,  Germany, The 3 skins in the middle are tanned in Italy by the Zonta family tannery, smooth with silky feel and one tan bubble grain, The double sided full skin on the left is from Annonay  in France, I like their tanning, They have been tanning there since 12 century. I will come back and say few words about the cost involved in making a pair of custom shoes.



Shoemaking courses for the year 2017

Here are the dates for the year 2017 Shoemaking & pattern cutting courses, The course is 3 weeks long, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Each student will have the opportunity to make a pair of Derby and a pair of Oxford for their own feet to help them understand the relation between lasts and feet to achieve correct fit. Sewing, knife sharpening. thread waxing and the principals of lasting/bottoming will be taught, Tools and materials are provided during the course. The cost for the course is $ 3000.00

For more details and how to book for a course, Please email me at

Here are the dates for 2017 courses:

May. 08. 2017 to May. 26. 2017                       2 seats are booked

June. 05. 2017 to June. 23. 2017                       1 seat booked

July. 10. 2017 to July. 28. 2017                         2 seats are booked

Whole cut shoes

This pair is going to be the last pair made in 2016, French calf and kip lining, whip stitched heel seat and pegged heel stack. Season greetings & happy holidays to you all.


Plain Oxford

This shoe is made from calf leather and kip lining and welted all around.



From October 2016 shoemaking course


June & August 2016 Shoes and patternmaking courses

I have included a field trip day as part of our shoemaking course this year, A day to go visit the suppliers of leather and tools and for the future shoemakers to meet those people, Ted Heslop of Moore-Pearsall Tannery is a man who knows his leather not to mention his humour,  I am lucky  to have these students taking my shoemaking course and listen to me for 3 weeks, They walk out after 3 weeks knowing how sharpen knives and skive leather, How to make waxed leather and above all the science and art of pattern cutting, lasting and welting, They would not be masters at these skills until years later if they wish to continue.